Gender and identity: Support and resources

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A list of resources for young people and families who may be questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Key points

  • These online resources may be helpful if your child is questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

There are many resources available to help if your child is questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. Here are just a few.

International resources

Phone (Canada): 877-330-6366
Phone (USA): 877-565-8860
Offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Retrieved from

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
An international organization that campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.

Canadian resources

A national organization that offers peer-to-peer support to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Kids Help
Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Offers support for children and youth all across Canada.

Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) -
A professional organization that works to support the health, wellbeing, and dignity of trans and gender diverse people.
Aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada and enhance the global response to LGBTQ2S+ issues.

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual
Aims to empower gender and sexually diverse communities through education, research, and advocacy.

Gender Creative
A community organization that supports trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth’s affirmation within their families, schools, and communities.

Gender Spectrum -
Works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

Sex & U -
A website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.

Youth gender clinics in Canada

The SickKids Transgender Youth Clinic (TYC) -
Provides information, options and care to youth experiencing gender dysphoria, with an affirming approach to gender identity and care.

CHEO Gender Diversity Clinic -
Supports children, youth and families at all stages of their journey with gender identity.

BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic -
Provides treatment for transgender and gender-questioning youth.

Meraki Health Centre Gender Variance Program -
Provides health care and support for youth with gender variance and their families.

IWK Health Centre -
Phone: 1-855-922-1122
The Transgender Health Team at the IWK have a social worker and psychiatrist who can meet with you to discuss concerns about your gender identity.

Alberta Children's Hospital Metta Youth Gender Clinic -
Provides transgender and gender diverse youth targeted and comprehensive health care.

The Gender Program, University of Alberta Hospital -
Helps persons across the age spectrum who feel that their assigned sex at birth is misaligned with their lived gender.

McMaster Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medicine Clinic -
Provides family-centred care for children and teens aged 12 to 17 with a variety of health concerns.

London InterCommunity Health Centre Trans Health Program -
Operates in collaboration with clients own personal medical providers to provide transgender health services.

Provincial resources

British Columbia

Trans Care BC -
Supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province of British Columbia.


Skipping Stone Foundation -
Connects trans and gender-diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive access to the support they need and deserve.

End of the Rainbow
Aims to improve socio-economic conditions for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions by providing education, support programs, and research.


TransSask Support Services -
A non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ2S+ individuals, their families, friends and allies.


Community Health Transgender Health
Provides care to transgender individuals 16+ years of age seeking transitioning care living in Manitoba.

Rainbow Resource
Offers support to the LGBTQ2S+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming.


LGBT YouthLine -
Phone: 1-800-268-9688
Text: 647-694-4275
An LGBTQ2S+ youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario.

Rainbow Health
Aims to help improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ people.

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS)
A community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. They run programs for parents, as well as offering individual services for youth.

Families in TRANSition: A Resource Guide for Families of Transgender Youth. Central Toronto Youth Services. Retrieved from


Aide aux Trans du Qué
Phone: 1-855-909-9038
Offers support on issues or questions relating to the trans-identity without judgement.

Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec [ASTT(e)Q] -
Aims to promote the health and well-being of trans people through peer support and advocacy, education and outreach, and community empowerment and mobilization.

Atlantic Canada

Clinic 554 -
A family practice in Fredericton, New Brunswick, focusing on reproductive, transgender, LGBT/Queer, and HIV health care.

Halifax Sexual Health
Provides safe access to sexual and reproductive health care and education.

Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP)
An organization that seeks equity, justice, and human rights for LGBTQ2S+ people in Nova Scotia.

The Youth
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth (25 years and under) around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Transgender Health Services PEI -
Provides information on transgender health care in Prince Edward Island.

The territories

Better to
Phone: 1-800-739-7367
A Yukon-based website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.

Queer Yukon
Supports, promotes and organizes events for the LGBTQ2S+ community and allies in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife -
An outreach organization based in Yellowknife that works to support LGBTQ2S+ youth in the Northwest Territories.

I Respect Myself -
A Nunavut-based website that answers sexual health, relationship and identity questions.

Changing your name or sex designation


Name changes – Passports

Choose or update the gender identifier on your passport or travel document

British Columbia

Changing/Correcting a Name, Birthdate, or Gender


Apply for a legal change of name

Sex indicator amendment on an Alberta birth record


Changing Your Name

Change of Sex Designation


Legal Change of Name

Change of Sex Designation


How to change a first, middle or last name

Gender and sex information on government IDs and forms


Change of name

Change of sex designation

New Brunswick

Change of Name

Change of Sex Designation

Nova Scotia

Change your name or the name of your spouse or child

Change your sex indicator if you’re 16 or older


Change your Name Legally

Change of Gender Designation

Newfoundland and Labrador

Legal Name Change

Changing Your Sex Designation


Change your given name or last name

Change sex on a birth registration

Northwest Territories

Name Change – Northwest Territories

Changing Your Sex Designation


Request for Name Change

Last updated: July 30th 2021